LESS is a journal on degrowth, radical sufficiency and decolonisation in Scotland.
LESS questions and challenges dominant narratives about what economic progress means in Scotland, and sketches out alternative visions. The focus is on collective and democratic solutions to sustaining livelihoods that meet people’s needs while rising to the threats of climate change, ecocide and mass extinction, inequality, racism and the far right, and the interconnected oppressive and extractivist logic and mechanisms that feed all of those.
We invite a combination of thoroughly researched material, opinion pieces, poetry and art work. Contributions are invited from those with lived knowledge in these areas, researchers, poets, creative writers and artists.
All work published in LESS is licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0). Please check the license details before reproducing work.
LESS #2 is out now!
As the institutions and public sentiment of a degraded United Kingdom cultivate a protectionist and insular retreat from the world, it’s more important than ever to build political solidarity, intellectual networks, and cultural connections across Europe. In that spirit, this issue of LESS has contributions from Joachim Spangenberg (Vice President, Sustainable Europe Research Institute and Chair of BUND/Friends of the Earth Germany), a translation of work by Adrián Almazán and Luis González Reyes (Between limit and desire: strategic directions in the collapse of industrial civilisation) and an interview with activist, author and academic Andrea Vetter on degrowth principles by Svenja Meyerricks.
We also have a collaborative essay from the Highlands with contributions from Ainslie Roddick, Cáit O’Neill McCullagh, Charlotte Mountford, Fadzai Mwakutuya, Jo Rodgers, Kirsten Body, Lauren Pyott, Lisa MacDonald, Mairi McFadyen, Philomena de Lima and Raghnaid Sandilands. We are also delighted to publish Sarah Glynn on cohousing and ecology, Pat Kane imagining a spot-capitalist future, Alis Le May on slow-fashion and restoration of local craft skills and poetry on borders between the global north and global south from Juana Adcock. We also feature art work by Pearse O’Halloran, Tarneem Al Mousawi, Stewart Bremner, and Fadzai Mwakutuya. Read the editorial here.
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Previous issues of LESS
Click on the cover of previous issues to access the content.
In LESS Issue 1, we explored the question, “What does degrowth mean in Scotland during the pandemic and for plans for an economic recovery?“
Contributors included Gehan Macleod, Lucy Conway, Jason Hickel, Tawona Ganyamatopé Sitholé, Mike Small, Maria Antonia Velez Serna, Benjamin Zachariah, Luke Devlin and Svenja Meyerricks. The issue featured illustrations and images by Calum Carr, Deborah Mullen, Marta Adamowicz, Stewart Bremner, Andy Arthur and Nick Middleton.
LESS Issue 1 was launched on the 27th of November, 2020.